Detox is the process of cleansing the body of the drugs, alcohol, and toxins that are the result of addiction. Detoxification can be dangerous, and should be taken seriously. My Recovery Helper connects individuals with detox facilities that can offer safe detox under the watchful eye of trained medical staff.
Before going through rehab for addiction, it is first necessary for the person to cleanse their body of their drug of choice. Detox allows the body and mind to become clean and start to heal. Once the person is done with detox, and they transitions to therapy and counseling, they can move through recovery without feeling as many strong cravings, particularly physical cravings. Once the mind has been stabilized and the body cleansed, the individual can focus on the important task of developing the skills needed to live a sober life. Detox takes the physical dependence on the substance away, so that the individual can focus on putting the rest of their life back together in the rehab phase of recovery.
The Process of Detox
Before going through rehab for addiction, it is first necessary for the person to cleanse their body of the substanceDuring detox, the individual will usually experience withdrawal symptoms, as the body lets go of the remaining traces of their substance. At times, detox is relatively easy and painless, and certain substances, like cocaine, produce little or no physical withdrawal symptoms. Substance like heroin cause withdrawal symptoms similar to the flu: achiness, fatigue, nausea, and anxiety. A good detox facility will help clients through the discomfort of detox with methods that fit their own personal goals. Some detox programs use medication to ease symptoms or speed along detox. Other facilities incorporate more natural means for relief, such as acupuncture, yoga, or meditation. Whatever the method for detox, it is important that the facility provide the client with support and motivation during this time, in order to help the individual deal with cravings and keep them on the path to recovery.
When an individual experiences few withdrawal symptoms, they will likely still have cravings for their substance. Because cravings and psychological addiction to drugs and alcohol can quickly lead to relapse if not dealt with, it is important that each client receive emotional and psychological help as they go through detox. Staff members at the facilities we work with are caring and compassionate, with clients’ best interests in mind. These therapists, medical personnel, and support staff have experience helping individuals through the darkest moments of recovery, and are able to keep the client engaged in the process of recovery, including during the difficult phase of detox.
Symptoms of Substance Withdrawal
- Sleep pattern changes
- Stomach cramps
- Drug cravings
- High blood pressure
- Heart palpitations
- Extreme confusion
- Body cramps
Withdrawing from some substances, including alcohol and some tranquilizers, can be dangerous, and scary. Both of these types of substances can cause withdrawal symptoms that range from achiness, anxiety, and shakes, to seizures and life-threatening heart palpitations, hallucinations, seizures, and extreme confusion. Delirium tremens, the term given to these dangerous side effects, are more common among individuals that have consumed large amounts of the substance in the weeks preceding detox, or have been addicted to the substance for a long period of time. Because of the risk of dangerous side effects, no one should attempt to detox from alcohol or benzodiazepines without close medical supervision. My Recovery Helper connects individuals with medical detox facilities, when necessary, for detox.
Healing the Body
It is important during detox that the individual not only cleanse their body and mind of the substance, but to help the body heal. During this time, individuals will be encouraged to eat foods that will replace vitamins and nutrients that were lost to substance abuse. Exercise and plenty of sleep will also help the body heal. Individuals should use the opportunity of medical detox to establish healthy practices that they can benefit from after rehab is complete.
Detox can last anywhere from a few hours to a week or more, depending on the substance. The most uncomfortable symptoms of detox are generally over in a few days at the most. As detox comes to completion, the individual will begin to transition into the next step of recovery, which is rehab. During the end of detox and during rehab, the individual will work with therapists to help them create goals for the rest of their recovery, and to help the individual establish a treatment plan. Clients are then enrolled in therapy and counseling sessions that will help them remain clean and sober and replace the unhealthy act of substance abuse with healthy habits.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, you need to enter a safe detox facility to begin your path to sobriety. My Recovery Helper can assess your need for detox, and can refer you to a detox program that can meet your individual needs and desires. Don’t hesitate. Call 1.844.867.6835 today to speak to our placement staff and to take control of your life again.